Being Likeminded

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 15:5:
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

God’s Word in Romans 15:5 encourages Christians to be likeminded one toward another, yet at times this may appear to be one of the most difficult requests given by God. The reason this seems so difficult for people is because of misunderstanding God’s true intent in this verse of Scripture. It is so very true that Christians disagree on many secular things and they probably will continue to disagree. The word “according” means a standard, and that standard is “according to Christ Jesus.” What is “according to Christ Jesus” or what is the standard upon which Christ Jesus has stamped his approval? All the things that Christ has done for humanity, and these are revealed to us throughout the Church Epistles.

For example, let us recall some of the blessings we found in previous bytes regarding teaching from the Epistle of Romans: The love of God that is totally inseparable from us, the apostolic grace given to us along with the goodness of God, our minds freed from life-draining condemnation, our God-given righteousness, and the mercies (plural) of God upon our lives. These are some of the things that are according to Christ Jesus, and these are some of the things on which we are encouraged to be likeminded. Being likeminded on God’s Word about what Christ Jesus accomplished for us by his life, death, and resurrection will bring blessings not only to our lives, but will also encourage others into the ways of God’s divine will.

Romans 15:6:
That {purpose} ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The purpose for being likeminded on God’s Word is so that we may, as a body of believers, with one mind and mouth glorify God, for this is His due. This is the spiritual standard that Christ set for the Christian Church and is a major building block on the true foundation upon which all true Christianity rests.

Then Do We with Patience Wait (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 8:24-25:
-24: For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
-25: But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

If the dead are truly alive and swinging from the chandeliers of heaven, then as we have previously discussed, we should start cutting out Bible verses to suit our own beliefs despite what God’s eternal Word imparts to us. If the dead are alive and returning to earth from time to time to contact their loved ones and others, then spiritualism is a biblical concept. However, it is not! Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “. . . for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goeth {see Psalm 146:4}.” If the dead are already living and people have seen them, then Romans above says that “hope is not hope” and thus we are not saved. Nevertheless, when our hope is in the future return and our gathering together, then not only do we “patiently wait” but we will be believing in the truth, and hoping in a godly manner which will reap rewards.

I Corinthians 15:54 – So when this corruptible {those who are decaying in the grave} shall {a future moment} have put on incorruption {have been raised}, and this mortal {the living} shall have put on immortality {receive heavenly bodies, “. . . fashioned like unto his (Jesus’) glorious body, . . . “}, then {and not until then} shall be brought to pass the saying that is written {in Isaiah 25:8}, Death is swallowed up in victory.

The hope of humanity is in the return of Christ, and our gathering together up to him! This will occur when Christ returns and not until Christ returns. However, for now our God has given us the assurance of our heavenly standing in glory with Christ at God’s own right hand which is recorded throughout His Word, especially in the seven Church Epistles, Romans through Thessalonians. If immediate resurrection was truly a biblical concept, then Christ should have been immediately resurrected; however, he was in the grave for three days and nights, then he was the first to be eternally resurrected (Revelation 1:18). Christ Jesus is our hope, and the Scriptures say we must Scriptures wait for him!

I Corinthians 13:10 – But when that which is perfect is come {who is Christ Jesus}, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When Christ returns, then so will perfection be granted to the children of God, and we will know as well as we are known. God has given us His magnificent and abundant love and His divine charity in order to enjoy our lives with Him and with one another. His love energizes our believing in order that we may receive His many hundreds of recorded promises. Our believing can bring the hope of Christ’s return into a lively assurance of his imminent return at any moment of any day. When the hope of Christ’s return finally comes, then we will be like him for we will see him as he is.

Faith, hope, charity are spiritual qualities of this life and are God’s divine gifts to you. I pray with my whole heart that you may not only receive them, but that you can begin walking with these qualities in your life and inner heart.

Patience of Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Epistle of I Thessalonians Paul wrote great encouragement to the believers:

I Thessalonians 1:3 – Remembering without ceasing your work of faith {believing faith}, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Notice the three words faith, love, and hope – these three words are often connected together in the Scriptures. First mentioned is their work of believing which appropriates the promises of God. Secondly is their labor of love, and this labor of love qualifies or distinguishes them as true believers. Thirdly is their patience of hope. Patience? Yes, patience because Christ has yet to return, even though at any moment he most definitely could, and our patience in anticipation is always activated when we hope in patience. Great rewards will be given out for having “patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Notice that when we do have patience in our hope of Christ’s return that we are before God, “in the sight of God.” God will remember our patience of hope, our labor of love, our work of believing faith, and reward us richly for them!

II Timothy 4:7-8:
-7: I {the Apostle Paul} have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: {Paul knew that his life was coming to a close, and he is explaining that he had done his best in this life.}
-8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day {the day that he had been patiently waiting and hoping for, the return of Christ}: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

“A crown of righteousness” is promised to those who will love the appearing of Jesus Christ. What a marvelous hope we truly have! What this crown will give to us, and the full meaning of it can only be speculated about, but what we do know from the Scriptures is that crowns represent authority, and majesty, and power. Believers will receive the crown of righteousness for loving his appearing, and this takes “patience of hope.”

Paul kept the faith; he always believed to the best of his ability, and he loved his hope, the hope that his Savior would speedily return for him, and he loved to savor his own anticipation. Again we see faith, hope, and charity (love) working together in unison as a completed unit.

Patience in the hope of Christ’s return will also build within the believing heart of the Christian great expectation every day that today could be the day. Hope makes life exciting, hope makes waking up each day exciting, and hope makes living through every day exciting.

I sincerely thank God for you in prayer that our God will continue strengthening your life in the magnificent “patience of hope” that can grow within your heart, and in the sight of your God Who is also your Heavenly Father.

We Have Hand When We Know the Lord is at Hand

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand– Philippians 4:5. Moderation means that we are to let our patience and our self-control over life’s circumstances be known in our actions. The reason that we can have patience and self-control is first and foremost that we know the Lord is at hand; He is always with us so that we need not have fear.” ~LMJ~

James – Revealing Our Prayer of Faith

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of James is specifically addressed “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” (James 1:1), yet today all believers can enjoy the instructions that indeed encourage us walk into the fullness of our prayer of faith, and “faith” means believing faith.

Jesus taught us that we should offer all prayer in his name, so that when we pray we invoke his own power and believing faith “that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16).

James 1:3-8:
-3: Knowing this, that the trying of your faith {your believing faith} worketh patience.
-4: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting {or lacking} nothing.
-5: If any of you lack wisdom {about what to pray for}, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not {will not criticize or reprimand for asking}; and it shall be given him.
-6: But let him ask {God} in faith {believing faith, with} nothing wavering {without doubts}. For he that wavereth {doubts that his prayer will be answered} is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
-7: For let not that man {who doubts his prayer} think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
-8 A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

In verse 3 the word “trying” does not infer that someone is being tempted to believe (that is ridiculous when you think about it), rather it means that a person is trying out and practicing their believing (taking it out for a spin, so-to-speak, for practice makes perfect).

I Peter 1:7 relates “That the trial of your faith {believing faith} being much more precious than of gold.”

The word “trial” is the same word in the Greek Text as “trying” in James 1:3. God absolutely loves it when we “believers” actually “believe!”

James teaches us to ask first for “wisdom” because with wisdom we will assuredly know that believing really works, with God’s wisdom we can know Him intimately, and wisdom means God’s knowledge applied.

James 4:2 –Ye lust, and have not: ye kill {a poor translation, for “kill” means to “lust,” as it is written in the center margin of the King James version}, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war {within the mind of the lustful}, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

Whenever we simply believe in prayer offered to God for Him to take care of us, and we began believing that our prayers are heard, they will absolutely be answered. However, James says that, “ye have not, because ye ask not,” because simply wishing that God were our sufficiency is not the same thing as asking Him in our prayers to be our sufficiency.

God wants us to pray, and thus connect with Him on the spiritual level as He wants to answer our prayers even more than we want to pray them. James continues with man’s greatest downfall in prayer.

James 4:3 – Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

So the question becomes, then how do we know what to ask for? The answer goes back to first asking God for wisdom, and then secondly, knowing what God promises in His Word because if we claim any of God’s promises (and there are greater than nine-hundred promises that we can ask for) in Christ’s name, then God will supply them to us. One of the greatest joys in this life for the believer is discovering God’s promises and in addition, then trying out our faith, our believing faith that God will answer our prayers; the more we do so, the greater and more priceless our believing becomes.

James 5:16-18:
-16: Confess your faults one to another, {This does not imply confessing all our sins to each another, but rather in context: when we try over and again to believe and still fail, we may go to a fellow believer who has received answers to their own prayers, and they can help guide us to improve our own believing and pray with us.} and pray one for one another, that ye may be healed {in our prayer life}. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
-17: Elias {Elijah} was a man subject to like passions as we are {who failed and succeeded, yet his believing continued to grow}, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
-18: And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

This record of Elijah is recorded in I Kings 17:1 and 18:1, 41-45. God told him that it would not rain, this was the wisdom of God, which then Elijah could pray for with believing faith. This is not a license for us to pray for rain or drought on a whim, or to pray for disasters like some people do who miss the mark completely on God’s true intent. The point here is that Elijah received God’s Word, and then he believed in his prayer as God brought it to pass. However, today we have God’s whole Word and we can find promises that will meet our daily needs; a great one is John 15:16 above, which is really quite vast for the word “whatsoever” is used, as long as what-so-ever we ask of Him in Christ’s name does not contradict or run at cross purposes to God’s whole will.

We have God’s permission to pray with believing and to keep practicing, for this is more precious than gold, especially when we begin receiving our every need (Philippians 4:19), because gold cannot buy us happiness, peace of mind, love, joy, or any of the gifts that accompany eternal life.

Our Prayer of Faith brings God’s healing Word to life in our hearts and to pass in and around our lives.